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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Louis C.K.

#EndorseThis: Louis C.K. Regrets Calling Trump ‘Hitler’ — Sort Of

As Late Show host Stephen Colbert reminded Louis C.K. the other night, he sent an email last year warning that Trump is “an insane bigot” and “Hitler.” Somewhat sheepishly, the great comedian acknowledged the incident, recalling that his political outburst had landed him on the cover of the Daily News, and said he regretted it — sort of.

April 7, 2017
hack

A Fair Election? Serious Questions Arise About Trump Vote Totals In Key Swing States

A series of explanation-defying questions surrounding Trump’s victories in key swing states has prompted voting rights attorneys and electronic voting machine experts to consider formally filing for presidential recounts in coming days

November 19, 2016
Social media and millennial voters

Social Media Helps Millennial Voters Register, But Turnout Worries Linger

Social media platforms poured efforts into online registration, hoping to attract tech savvy voters, but political experts are skeptical that a record number of millennials will show up to vote on Election Day.

November 6, 2016
Election offices prepare polling stations for Election Day

Behind The Scenes Of The Bipartisan, Politically Neutral Election Offices

An inside look at a bipartisan election office in Kansas City. Here the talk is politically neutral with the goal of safeguarding the vote. It might seem counterintuitive, but the staff’s biggest concern isn’t necessarily who wins and who loses.

November 4, 2016
hack

U.S. Judge Orders Virginia To Extend Voter Registration

A federal judge ordered Virginia to reopen its voter registration window and allow residents to continue to sign up through Friday after its online registration portal was unavailable to many users earlier this week.

October 20, 2016
Redistricting case goes to the supreme court

Safeguarding The Vote — From Every Threat — Is Critical To Democracy

The danger of cyber-attacks — or any tinkering with the American voting system — is a lot like terrorism. The mere threat of it, the fear of it, does the most damage.

October 16, 2016
Voting provisional ballot

Stand Up and Be Counted — Maybe

Under federal law, people are allowed to vote provisionally when there are questions about their eligibility, though some of these ballots are eventually discarded.

October 15, 2016
Trump, GOP, Republican, Envoy

Scared About Trump? Some Practical Things You Can Do—And Some Things Trump Is Doing

The bottom line is don’t wait until the last minute, because election officials who process voter applications get deluged in presidential years when public interest is the highest.

September 23, 2016
voting rights

Polling Places Become Battleground In U.S. Voting Rights Fight

While polling place cutbacks are on the rise across the country, including in some Democratic-run areas, the South’s history of racial discrimination has made the region a focus of concern for voting rights advocates.

September 16, 2016

Can the 2016 Election Be Hacked or Disrupted? Congress Listens to Tech Experts

On one hand, a top federal technology officer, senior state election administrator and civilian partner downplayed this summer’s Russian hack into voter registration databases in two states, with two of them saying they were more worried about cyber threats sullying voter confidence than disrupting elections.

September 15, 2016
Minimum Wage

District Of Columbia Approves $15/Hour Minimum Wage

The 13-member council voted “yes” on a measure to boost the minimum hourly wage to $15 by 2020. The current base wage is $10.50, and will go up by $1 on July 1 under existing law.

June 7, 2016
People wait to vote in the U.S. presidential primary election outside a polling site in Glendale, Arizona March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Nancy Wiechec

For Inclusive Primaries, See How California Does It

California’s primaries are public elections, paid for with tax dollars and administered by government agencies. Why should private organizations decide who can and cannot vote in public elections?

June 6, 2016
A person holding a Ted Cruz sign stands in a voting booth with a child in Bedford, New Hampshire

Why Today Is More Important Than Super Tuesday

As far as the delegate math is concerned, a Trump victory in Florida would effectively cancel out every Cruz victory to date.

March 15, 2016
Virginia voters line up early to cast their ballots in Super Tuesday elections at the Wilson School in Arlington, Virginia March 1, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Thousands Switch Parties Ahead Of Super Tuesday

Thirteen states have closed primaries, which means that only Democrats can vote in Democratic primaries and Republicans in Republican contests.

March 1, 2016
Bernie Sanders Iowa Caucus

How The Caucuses Really Work — And Why They Matter So Much

Geography favors Clinton: More than a quarter of Sanders’ voters are expected to come from only three counties. Even with a substantial lead, he may only win a limited number of delegates.

February 1, 2016
Michel Martelly, President of Haiti

Postponed Haiti Runoff Endangers Presidential Handover

The head of Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council says it’s impossible to organize a presidential runoff in time for the country to meet a Feb. 7 constitutionally-imposed deadline for the handover of power from one elected president to another.

January 6, 2016
voting sign

Outdated Voting Machines Could Pose Headaches In 2016

Aging voting machines around the nation are becoming obsolete and subject to such problems as flipped votes, tally errors and sudden shutdowns.

September 15, 2015
voting polls polling place

Voting Machine Study Finds Problems, But Not Ones Easily Fixed

A study of voting systems in all 50 states recommended a series of steps that could be undertaken before voters cast their ballots in coming years.

September 15, 2015
voting polls polling place

Voter Suppression Hides In The Gray Areas

Voting is not so simple for many poor people as I seemed to imply. But I do worry that portraying inconveniences as high barriers can discourage people from even trying.

August 13, 2015
voting sign

Obama Calls For Voting Rights Reform On 50th Anniversary Of Historic Law

President Obama called on Congress to pass “an updated version” of the Voting Rights Act on Thursday, the 50th anniversary of the passage of the federal law.

August 6, 2015

Analysis: Why Rubio, Bush, Walker, And Kasich Are Not As Purple As They Look

What do we actually know about which of the 17 announced, or soon-to-be-announced, Republican candidates would be the strongest general election candidate?

July 10, 2015
hillary clinton voting rights speech texas

GOP Responds To Clinton’s Stance On Voting Rights

Hillary Clinton, in a speech Thursday on voting rights, called out four Republican hopefuls for president for infringing on American voters’ rights. Here’s how they responded.

June 5, 2015
American Flag immigration

Supreme Court Redistricting Case Could Reduce Latinos’ Political Clout

The mathematics of power may be about to change in a way that could shift political clout away from fast-growing Latino communities in states such as California, Texas and Florida, and move it to the suburbs and rural areas.

May 27, 2015
Politics, Top News, Congress, Memorial Day Recess, Highway Trust Fund, Budget, Voting, Partisanship, Infrastructure

Democrats Face Risky Votes Ahead Of Memorial Day Recess

“Things can happen quickly around here when they have to.”

May 19, 2015
Ted Cruz, Latino, Texas, Cuba, Mexico, Conservative, Tea Party, Voting

Ted Cruz’s Latino Heritage Not Seen As Part Of His ‘Political Persona’

Ted Cruz has waning Latino support, as he’s focused much of his political energy at courting conservatives and tea-partiers.

April 13, 2015